Manchester United flop can replace Chelsea legend

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Time has finally caught up with Chelsea's midfield maestro as Frank Lampard is no longer the player he once was. Never fear though Chelsea fans, Manchester United's maligned man Tom Cleverley would be an intelligent purchase.

Part of the Blues' problem this campaign has been their lack of goals.

It's hardly surprising though. Lampard is the club's all-time leading goalscorer, having rattled-in over 200 goals from midfield. The 35-year-old's decline is coinciding with a season in which they are heading to the land of no trophies. 

Flair players like Oscar, Eden Hazard and Willian are doing their bit from out-wide but they could do with another source through the middle.

Old Trafford has proved to be a tough place to play football for Cleverley. The fans aren't overly supportive, the media get on his back and his performances there led to a Twitter campaign for him to be omitted from Roy Hodgson's England World Cup team. 

It is abundantly clear that he and his club need a change, surely a smallish fee would suit all-three parties. With David Moyes departing, it is likely that the new man, whoever he may be, will have money to spend on his own targets.

There really is something missing from his game at the moment. He has the ability to be a free-scoring box-to-box midfielder, and Jose Mourinho would be the perfect man to coax it into the 24-year-old's game. 

Young, energetic, good passer, inventive: he has everything you need to become a Chelsea legend himself.

Some might refute that he's got goals in his locker, this is fair enough, he only has three Premier League goals in over 75 appearances. However, he returned double figures in one season for Watford a few years ago so the talent is there. 

With different surroundings; new coaches, new teammates, new start, he can become a 20-goal-a-year man.

It's all about adapting and growing. Adapt and grow. 

The tactical genius of Mourinho can surely spot Cleverley as the gem that his Stamford Bridge charges have been without in their star-studded line-up. We already know that he could muck-in defensively, if he chooses to, in the words of Brendan Rodgers, park two buses in big games.

It doesn't take an intellectual to see the benefits of Cleverley for the West Londoners, it could be a very shrewd move to replace the legendary Lampard.

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